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MS-DOS partition limits (Miscellaneous)

posted by cm(R) Homepage E-mail, Düsseldorf, Germany, 24.02.2009, 22:41

> > > How much storage can you use on a single HD on pure dos? 24 partitions
> > of
> > > 2GB or so?
> >
> > If "pure DOS" implies "retail MS-DOS", yes.
>
> Yes and no. I also include the w9x doses booted in dos. (so without w9x
> running).

Then the answer is no. As far as I remember MS-DOS 7.00 (from Windows 95) has LBA support; MS-DOS 7.10 (from Windows 95 OSR2, Windows 98 and 98 SE) has both LBA and FAT32 support. (MS-DOS 8.00 from Windows Me [and on the Windows XP MS-DOS bootdisk] seems mostly a hacked 7.10 with some kernel compression.)

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